Gilbert Road Sewer



Gilbert Road SewerGilbert Road Sewer<div class="ExternalClass9992334AD4324D36AC70CBD6121FC5B4"><p>The Gilbert Road Sewer is a large pipe that collects most of the sewage in the City of Richmond and conveys it south to the Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. The existing sewer is currently operating at full capacity, making regular inspection and maintenance costly and highly disruptive to the community. </p><p>Metro Vancouver is constructing a second sewer line next to the existing pipe. The new pipe is designed specifically to minimize backups and overflows, and accommodate future growth in the City of Richmond. </p><p>Construction along Gilbert Road is occurring in multiple phases.  ​Construction of the North Section of this project will wrap up in early 2021. Two further phases, the South Section and the Central Section, are expected to begin in 2021 and continue for approximately two years. <br></p></div>City of Richmond

Project Update

  • THE NORTH SECTION IS ALMOST COMPLETE - posted on December 16, 2020

    The North Section of the project, along Gilbert Road between Elmbridge Way and Blundell Road, is wrapping up (see map to the left for location). Crews are completing final adjustments and restoration and will be gone from most areas by late January 2021.

    Other organizations have active construction projects along Gilbert Road north of Westminster Highway, so drivers and pedestrians may continue to see development activities in this area throughout 2021.

    Work continuing near the intersection of Gilbert Road and Granville Avenue

    Work will continue at the underground chamber site on Gilbert Road just south of the Granville Avenue intersection into the new year (see inset map for location). The metal hatches that cover this chamber are not quite level with the surface of the road, so crews need to adjust them to make sure they are not noisy when driven over and are safe for snow plows.

    We are working to fix this issue as soon as possible. The southbound lanes on Gilbert Road will remain closed near the fenced off chamber area until work is complete. Please use caution and follow the direction of signage and traffic control people.

    Holiday schedule

    From December 25 to January 3, remaining construction areas along the North Section will be shut down for the holidays. Crews will be back to work in the area on January 4, 2021.

    We know construction can be frustrating; thank you very much for your patience and understanding while we complete this essential sewer project in your community. Happy holidays from all of us at Metro Vancouver!


    The Gilbert Road Sewer Project is being constructed in multiple sections (see map to left for details). The next two sections are:

    • the South Section – Steveston Highway to the Lulu Island       Wastewater Treatment Plant

    • the Central Section – Blundell Road to Steveston Highway

    Construction of the South Section is now expected to start in early summer 2021, with the Central Section following in fall 2021. Construction of each section will take approximately two years to complete. You will be notified well in advance of construction of each section; we will be working with individual property owners to mitigate construction impacts as much as possible.

    Community Liaison

    A Community Liaison has been assigned to meet with business owners, residents and community members to discuss the project impacts, compile public feedback and be available by phone to address any questions or concerns (see 'contacts' box for details).

  • COVID-19 and Delivery of Essential Services - posted on April 17, 2020

    Metro Vancouver continues to closely monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and our paramount commitment is to maintain essential services to the region while protecting the health and safety of our employees and partners. Metro Vancouver’s construction projects are key components in ensuring the ongoing delivery of essential services as defined by the Province of BC. Metro Vancouver follows the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and is taking all necessary measures to ensure our worksites remain safe and healthy.




Map - Gilbert Road Sewer Constrction Phases and Schedule - Gilbert Road Sewer Constrction Phases and ScheduleMap of Gilbert Road Sewer Constrction Phases and Schedule
Map - North Section of the Gilbert Road Sewer Project - North Section of the Gilbert Road Sewer ProjectMap of the North Section of the Gilbert Road Sewer Project



<div class="ExternalClass798F9958A10F4519B7225BF4DCE91B30"><p>Construction activities for the Gilbert Road Sewer Upgrade include:</p><ul><li>Temporary road closures along Gilbert Road</li><li>Restricted access to properties along Gilbert Road</li><li>Temporary traffic increases around construction areas</li><li>Occasional odour</li><li>Noise</li><li>Selective tree cutting</li><li>Temporary closure of the sidewalk on the west side of Gilbert Road</li></ul></div><div class="ExternalClassED46CC8AB5C8414EA45389B6D83EB9F2"><div><p>Work will generally occur from Monday to Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. There may be times when crews will need to work extended hours in order to complete specific tasks and/or stay on schedule.</p><p>All work will comply with the City of Richmond’s bylaws or granted bylaw variances. Crews will attempt, wherever practical, to reduce noise.</p> </div></div><div class="ExternalClassD6E82756D8484953BC0C854C8A9207AD"><p>Metro Vancouver is working with the community to ensure concerns and interests are heard and considered. A Community Liaison has been assigned to the project and is available to speak to residents, business owners, and community members.</p><p>​If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our Community Liaison at 604-432-6200 or <a href=""></a>.  </p> </div>



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<div class="ExternalClassEABB6B5038664C72B9263821FB75DB93"><p> <strong>​Monday to Friday (8 am - 4:30 pm)<br></strong>Community Liaison: 604-432-6200</p><p> <strong>After-Hours Emergencies: <br></strong>604-451-6610<br></p><p> <strong>Email: </strong><a href="">Information Centre</a></p></div>

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